Xander Bogaerts homered twice and drove in four runs Sunday night, and the Red Sox beat the Astros 6-5 at Minute Maid Park as Houston closed a nine-game homestand with a 3-6 record and three consecutive lost series.
It would be hyperbolic to suggest a three-game series in June is somehow vital. It was not.
All four injured Astros starters will take steps toward returning to the starting rotation in the coming days, manager A.J. Hinch said Sunday.
Brian McCann's presence in the lineup Sunday night against Red Sox lefthander David Price may have been considered a stretch in past seasons, but not in the wake of McCann's success this season against lefties.
In the final meeting between two American League heavyweights until the final four games of regular season, the Red Sox used a pair of homers from Xander Bogaerts to overcome three Astros homers and win, 6-5, on Sunday night at Minute Maid Park.
As the Astros prepared to hit the West Coast for a week long road trip beginning Monday in Oakland, all four of their injured starting pitchers -- right-handers Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers Jr., Charlie Morton and Collin McHugh -- will soon take steps forward in their rehabs.
The Astros have scored the second-most runs in the league (374) and have allowed the fewest runs (267) going into Sunday's games.
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